Book of Extraordinary Tragedies

Book of Extraordinary Tragedies
Author : Joe Meno
Publisher : Akashic Books
Total Pages :
Release : 2022-09-06
ISBN 10 : 9781636140629
ISBN 13 : 1636140629
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Book of Extraordinary Tragedies Book Description:

From the best-selling author Joe Meno, a moving novel about the impossibility of fate and family “Meno knows how to make you love his characters, want what they want. But don’t think he’s going to let things turn out well for them.” —New York Times Book Review “I don’t know how Joe Meno does it—if I did know, I’d copy him. This book has such velocity that it generates wind, yet it is meditative and steeped in love, music, and human connection. It’s stunning.” —Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The House of Broken Angels “Set on Chicago’s southside, this is a quirky, tender, and absurdly funny coming-of-age novel about not only caring for the ones we love, but also tending to the dreams they have for our future. It’s a novel about work and the relentless grind of surviving paycheck to paycheck. Joe Meno writes beautifully of the way tragic stories become a kind of inheritance in this bittersweet love letter to the immigrants who built Chicago.” —Leigh Stein, author of Self Care Aleksandar and Isobel are siblings and former classical music prodigies, once destined for greatness. As the only Eastern European family growing up on their block on the far southside of Chicago, the pair were inseparable until each was forced to confront the absurdity of tragedy at an early age and abandon their musical ambitions. Now in their twenties, they find themselves encountering ridiculous jobs, unfulfilling romantic relationships, and the outrageousness of ordinary life. Doomed by fate, a family history of failure, an odd mother, an absent father, and a younger brother with a peculiar fondness for catastrophes, the two siblings have all but given up. But when an illness forces Isobel and her three-year-old daughter to move back into the family home, Aleks becomes deeply involved in the endless challenges that surround his relatives. Once Isobel begins playing cello again, Aleks comes to see a world of possibility and wonder in the lives of his extraordinarily complicated family. Told in Aleks’s exuberant voice, and full of as much comedy as tragedy, this entertaining novel asks, Is it ever truly possible to separate our fates from those we’ve come to love?

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